PAST PROJECTS

Overview

What became DCSIMS

The Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department was awarded a one-time grant of $5000 to host a three-day enrichment program for high school students in June 2012 called the Dordt College Summer Investigations in Mathematics and Statistics (DCSIMS). The goals of this pilot program were to provide students who have a passion, interest, and aptitude in mathematics and/or statistics with the opportunity to (1) push the limits of students’ quantitative abilities, (2) help them see applications of mathematics and statistics and increase vocational exposure, and (3) provide them time to interact with like-minded peers in a “work hard/play hard” environment on the campus of Dordt College.

"Through Their Eyes"

“Through Their Eyes” was a collaborative community project where local children (primarily Hispanic and Caucasian) learned about and photographed key aspects of their culture and community in order to discover more about their own perceptions of community, from family to neighborhood to world, and how to improve them. “Through Their Eyes” involved Dordt education students, Dordt instructors, and the Sioux Center Public Library. Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) missionary and Dordt alumna Megan Ribbens, who has also performed similar workshops in Nigeria, helped orchestrate the project.

"Charis: Boundary Crossings" Traveling Art Exhibition

"Charis: Boundary Crossings" exhibition came out as an experiment in cross-cultural engagement. In June 2008, 18 artists and art scholars from the United States and several Asian/Pacific nations gathered in Java and Bali to consider Indonesia’s cultural wonders while sharing ideas of how they engage their home cultures as Christians and as artists. The exhibition is comprised of almost 40 works, including paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, and installations. The exhibition visited Dordt College from October 11 to December 31, 2011; it traveled throughout North America through 2011 before heading to Asia.

Collaboration with IAPCHE Faculty Enrichment Program

Professor Jay Shim observed IAPCHE Faculty Enrichment programs in India, made a presentation in Indonesia, and developed an anthology of reading helpful to develop Christian teacher scholarship by faculty in various regions of the world in collaboration with IAPCHE. Dr. Shim gave presentations in India, Indonesia, Philippines, and South Korea with positive results and invitations for more presentations.

Historical Math Textbook

Dr. Calvin Jongsma, Dordt professor of mathematics, is writing a middle school mathematics text that incorporates historical perspectives, to serve as a resource for middle school mathematics teachers and those studying to teach middle school math. The Andreas Center supported this project with funds to lighten his teaching responsibilities for two years.

Master Class in NYC

Partial subsidy in 2011 for Dordt College photography students who participated in a master class in and of the streets of New York, mentored by Professor Douglas Burg and René Clement. In addition to photo shoots in the city, they created images of day laborers for Project Hospitality on Staten Island. Upon return, they produced a body of work displayed at Dordt College.

Reformed Higher Education Global Summit

The Andreas Center lent support to a global summit of presidents of Reformed Christian colleges, hosted by former Dordt College President Carl Zylstra held in Oxford, England, in June 2010.

Socorro Woodbury/REEDUCA

Supported Professor Socorro Woodbury (Spanish) who served as an advisor and steering committee member for World Mission/CSI consultation meetings in Miami and Managua on the topic of Christian Education in Latin America. Dr. Woodbury also provided workshops in Haiti and Guatemala on Christian education.

Summer Research Experience for High School Teachers

Support for a summer 2010 initiative from Professor Jeff Ploegstra to bring high school biology/science teachers to campus and involve them in continuing research that they can bring back into their classrooms and pedagogy. Andreas Center support was intended for the first year as "seed money" to help get the program off the ground.

"Slumdoc" Philippines Trip

Christmas of 2008 led Mark Volkers and 10 digital media and production/graphic art students to the slums of Manila (Philippines) to film for a documentary showing instances of severe poverty. Teams also assisted agencies that serve poor people in the slums by developing promotional DVDs. When the students returned to campus they presented much of the material they had gathered to a large portion of the student and faculty body. In 2009 a dozen Digital Media students joined Volkers for the third and final slum shoot for the documentary film. Students filmed in Nairobi, which has some of Africa's largest slums. The team also did pro-bono work for three Christian organizations working among Nairobi's poor. Those media products are now being used by those organizations to help raise awareness and support.

Sewell Conference Papers and Lecture Series

In the summer of 2009, Keith C. Sewell, a professor of history at Dordt, gave a series of lectures in Europe with support from the Andreas Center. In honor of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, Sewell presented papers at major academic conferences in Toronto and Geneva, as well as presented lectures on the Reformation tradition in England. From this experience, Sewell expects to publish his papers and develop his lectures in book form.

Calvin, Worship, and the Arts Workshop

Jointly sponsored by the Andreas Center and music department of Dordt College on November 7, 2009, this workshop consisted of two plenary addresses, followed by eight sectionals on worship and music, visual arts, Scripture reading, the senses and the sacraments, and others. Plenary speakers were Dr. Karin Maag, Director of the Meeter Center at Calvin College, who spoke on "Worship and Congregational Life in Calvin's Geneva," and Dr. Duane Kelderman, vice president for administration at Calvin Theological Seminary and co-author of Authentic Worship in a Changing Culture, who addressed worship planning that is rooted in the Calvinist tradition while meaningful for 21st century culture.

Center for Public Justice (CPJ) Archives

Supported establishing an archival collection of CPJ documents at Dordt College. Hopes are to expand this collection to include resources from other organizations that have their roots in Northwest Iowa and Dordt's reformational heritage and vision.